From Mukteshwar to Ramghar: Finding our hill legs

A version of this story first appeared on Firstpost.com as part of a series of weekly dispatches from the road in Uttarakhand. #FTravellers  “It’s only 6-7 km, you can walk, it’s easy,” advises the guy at the lone store that was open in the Mukteshwar market. He went back to unpacking cucumbers from a large crate…

Uttarakhand: A summer in the mountains

This one has been a long time coming. For the last two summers we have talked about escaping the maddening Mumbai heat and heading to the hills, but somehow it never materialised. This year too it looked like it may not happen, as a planned trip to Sikkim in April became a victim of a…

Murud Janjira’s African past and the mystery of the Boab tree.

Indians of African Origin? We first came across the story of the Siddis a few years ago in an article that spoke about a community of African descent living in pockets of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The article referred a people who came to India centuries ago, as slaves, traders or warriors, and fought for…

10 best places to visit in Maharashtra

Over the last couple of years we have taken three road trips across Maharashtra, covering the Konkan coast, parts of the Western Ghats and the Mumbai – Aurangabad sector. In this post we put together a list of the best places to visit in Maharashtra, some of which are well known, whilst others are more offbeat….